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Subject: One of my very favorites
Real strong start to finish!
Great versions of Bird Song (love the 73's), Looks Like Rain, Playin'.
Here Comes Sunshine, Black Peter, He's Gone>Truckin'>Other One (plenty of jams).
All real good.
Very long show. Sound problems with Bertha.
Subject: 2nd set is a classic!
Bertha is plagued by sound issues.
Mexicali is fun, they’re getting their juices flowing here.
Box of Rain, believe it if you need it, great version.
Bird Song has a mellow, rather unique intro. It also isn’t with SQ issues, but nothing major. The jam session is way laid back, sounds nice, but don’t use this to stay awake while driving on a long, straight highway. The jam after the 2nd verse has more energy and I found it to be more satisfying. A lot of people love this Bird Song, not my cup of tea.
Race is On gets things back on track, so to speak. Short but fun.
Sugaree has a nice tempo and doesn’t let me down.
LLR is well played, back into mellow yellow territory. Great Jerry in here.
Row Jimmy has a great jam before the final verse, Keith is nice and prominent, but still tucked in nicely behind Jerry most of the time. Phil has a great tone to the bass during the final chorus, where Keith takes the forefront as a non-singing type of dude.
Jack Straw is one of the most energetic of the era, great stuff.
China>Rider maintains the energy and builds to it, they’ve gotten fully into their groove now. Keith is really strong still, and he takes a major role in the transition. There cohesion is also great during the transition, in particular Jerry, Phil and Keith.
Big River is basically a Keith showcase, in the background. He keeps it hopping along nicely, tough to lose with this song.
TN Jed is solid.
PITB jam goes straight to exploratory. Phil is stepping it up here, nice work by Bob behind it all, as Jerry has a great watery tone going. Around the 8 minute mark they notch up the energy. A fulfilling exploratory, jazz based type of jam.
HC Sunshine is always a great way to open a set, sets a positive tone. Full sunrise after the 6 minute mark! Bob in particular has a nice tone… X factor is achieved after the last verse. Great stuff, A+.
Promised Land, another rocking version.
BEW is another fine version.
El Paso, with Jerry noodling just right, and the build up with Keith punctuating the right moments, great El Paso.
Black Peter starts off mellow, and builds nicely, love this version. A rating.
GSET is raucous. Great wah wah, nice tempo, another homerun here.
Big RR, and another homerun. This second set is unstoppable.
Gone>Truckin’>Nobody’s Jam>Bass Solo>Jam>TOO>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia
Gone opens the meat sequence in style. They do a calm vocals part, and with no outro jam blast straight into Truckin’! Good version with awesome explosion jam… the blues then slow down and after a couple of minutes let into a Nobody’s Fault Jam. Phil then pulls a solo with Billy backing, it’s ok, but I don’t really go in for that. Jerry comes back out and pushes things into space. It gets more interesting around the 20 minute mark, and as it speeds up it weaves itself perfectly into TOO theme, great work up to the verse. At 7 minutes into TOO they go fully into a wild space, dark space… creepy as hell, the type of place a Tiger could be lurking. He isn’t, but it was a great ride anyway, the type of space I can get into. Phil lays down some bombs to bring us back out of space and directly to TOO’s 2nd verse. Wharf Rat is the next stop on the trip, nice and psychedelic tones intact for the intro. Sugar Magnolia closes out the sequence in rocking style.
Encore: Johnny B. Goode
Pretty great stuff, each set being about 2 hours! At some point Phil mentioned they would be taking breaks… but they barely did, obviously. The first set took a bit to get where I would like it, but once it did, it was consistent. The 2nd set is unstoppable, as I said above… Classic.
A, after the initial issues are sorted out. There were some problems in Bird Song. Overall, a fine sounding SBD, thanks again C Miller.
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Super in every sense of the word; they are here to play big, and big they do. This recording is well-done; with the exception of Bertha and the jarring change to full AUD for the encore (should that sort of thing bug ya) everything is quite clear and listenable. There are too many highlights; some notes -
- Bird Song - jazzy, or what!?!? The painstaking work to patch the holes on this sbd are well-applauded; it's wonderful to hear this thing in its entirety. Bobby really is on fire throughout the entire show, and here listen to the jam he leads after the final verse, deep into the song. I mean, I normally don't get emotional when listening to the Dead, but this little jam here damn near brought me to tears, it's so gorgeous!
- Listen to Jerry throughout Looks Like Rain, especially the subtlety he brings to the first half of the tune. The man was truly great.
- CC >R is, of course, fantastic; check the jam between the 2nd and third verses of China Cat.
- Playin' is as jazzy as they come. Jerry's high wah-wah late into the Main Ten is just pure diamond psychedelia, folks...
- HCS, GSET, and the jam emerging from Phil's lonnnnnng walk with the bass all infused with an irresistible funk edge, that one they picked up like a bug on the Europe tour from the previous year.
- The searing, spacey meltdown in this same jam, and again into the Other One.
- Sugar Magnolia. ayi-ayi-ayi.
Four hours of prime Dead. They're so on top of the game here it's frightening.
Subject: I was at this show
Great to hear this again. Was a highlight that Sumer.
Subject: 1973 Honey Pot
I've been listening to '73 shows for a month straight & find them hard to surpass. Don't want to debate issue, bit Bill The Drummer & Keith's piano make for a great jazz based quintet Tight, crisp, full of youth & great new songs! This show is wonderful. 'Mr. Charlie told me so...'
Chris U. -
Dude is righteous all the way through but just listen to his contributions to the Bird Song from 8:20 on.
grateful greensky -
Subject: Here we go Hipee
every time I think I have heard the best early 70's show another one changes my mind. cannot decide what year is my favorite just what year is my favorite right now,and now is 73 Lovin' every note. Grateful to all involved
the Phil bombs in Playin' are worth the listen alone! also, you can hear Phil kind of teasing Fire on the Mountain---maybe just a coincidental four-year foreshadowing, but to me, it sounds similar--for a second or two(~05:39-05:40).
Gorgeous recording of an all-time classic. It's all great but that He's Gone>Truckin' is absolutely epic and must be heard.
Mr. Fennario -
Subject: Thanks Charlie!
This a a masterful upgrade to a titan of a show. Excellent job CM ! And thanks for all your work for all fans, everywhere.
Subject: a loss for words
Oh MY F*****n God did you see the 6/22/1973 ???
Jones Encore Johnny B...
at a loss for words...
Big Railroad Blues
He's Gone -> Truckin' -> Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam -> Bass Solo -> Jam -> The Other One -> Wharf Rat -> Sugar Magnolia Casey Jones Encore J be Good
BASS SOLO !!!!!!!!!!!!
What a great DAY !!!!!!!
Subject: Guitar tones
Both Jerry and Bob's guitars are captured on this recording so nicely. Just listen to Black Peter. I seriously think this might be the best recording I've heard here. Oh yeah, the jams are top notch Dead at their best.
I've listened to all of the soundboards of this show (at least the ones available on the Archive) and this one has the most "distracting" Birdsong. I know the song had edits to be made but I'm wondering why Mr. Miller choose to edit it the way he did?
I am in no way trying to diminish your impeccable sound engineering skills, Mr. Miller. Simply making an observation.
With that said, the overall quality of this soundboard is superior to the others available. The EQ is just right and Charlie has done a beautiful job of bringing the entire cast of characters into the spotlight, which is exactly where they belong.
I listen to a lot of '73 (some might say too much), and this is among my top five default shows. Life changing playing throughout.
Exellent both in performance and sound quality. Thanks Charlie.
Subject: Playin in the band
Amazing playing in the band, very unique spacey feel to it. check it out. the whole show is great. one of my favorite shows from 73, oh and the birdsong is great as well.
Subject: Phil goes for gold
The bass solo in the Truckin' jam makes this show a keeper. Playing is nicely spaced out as well. Enjoy the classic 73' Dead sound found within.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" June 22, 1973 at the P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
A fine show from the PNE Coliseum to add to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
The sound man dials in the sound during the first few songs...
A very unique and interesting "Playin' In The Band", unlike any I've ever heard before, a one of a kind. The Vancouver audience gets lucky this night.
Intense, mellow, deliberate, relaxed, focused, smooth, are some of the ways I'd describe this show. It gets better as it goes along.
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I don't think Dick is going to Pick this one and commercially release it, so it will be on the IA a while.
It's not the Fillmore East, or West, but it is a GRATEFUL DEAD concert.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love.
PS: Cliff Hucker...ROFLMFAO. If you don't like my reviews, don't read them....(___0___).
Subject: Alltime Favorite Show
I got my first copy of this show in the 70's and am as blown away by it today as when I first heard it. It continues to improve in fidelity (Many many thanks to C.M. Aloha Bra) and it is just a mind blowing show. In my opinion there are completely unique and best ever versions of many of what was played in B.C. that fine summer night 36 yrs. ago. Many thanks to Archive and of course The Grateful Dead.
Subject: china cat
fantastic china cat.
unfortunately havent listened to anything else yet.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Best Bird Song ever?
It might be!
So whats up with oh_uh_um_ah? He's like a dog lifting his leg on everything he walks by but leaves nothing behind.
This is a fantastic show and nice upgrade. (98+ pts)
Lovely evening. Sugar Mag seems special, but maybe it's just the current alignment.
Subject: laid back
This is a take yer time, stretch out & explore kinda show. I grew up here in the Pacific Northwest, went to shows back then, traded tapes with locals who recorded nearby. This laid-back approach defined GRATEFUL DEAD out here in the West, and VANCOUVER '73 is in the top three (along with SEATTLE '74 & PORTLAND '76).
One of a kind bass solo, sensitive piano, and now thanks to Charlie crisp soundboard vocals.